Porcelain veneers can dramatically transform your smile in a short amount of time. While veneers aren’t an option for all patients, if your teeth and gums are healthy but you’re unhappy with their appearance, porcelain veneers are one of the best cosmetic solutions available.
Are you considering porcelain veneers? Here’s what you should know about the process.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are used to cover over your natural teeth to improve their appearance. They’re thin shells made with layers of porcelain—the bottoms and sides of veneers curve around your teeth which gives them a realistic look. Porcelain veneers are considered the gold standard when it comes to veneers because not only do they look natural, they’re also durable, strong, and resistant to stains.
Your dental veneers will be designed by your dentist, then fabricated by a skilled technician at a dental laboratory. We carefully match the color and size of your veneers to the rest of your teeth so they blend in with the rest of your smile.
What Can Veneers Fix?
Veneers can be used to correct a wide range of aesthetic issues, including:
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Teeth that are uneven in length or shaped irregularly
- Gaps between two teeth
- Minor tooth misalignment and malocclusion
- Teeth that have abnormal wear from bruxism or jaw clenching
- Discoloration and stains
What Happens When You Get Porcelain Veneers?
The first step in the process of getting porcelain veneers is to take impressions, which allows us to create a three-dimensional model of your teeth. We use this model to design your custom veneers and predict how your veneers will interact with your other teeth when you bite down.
Once the veneers have been fabricated by the dental lab and sent back to us, you’ll return to our office so we can bond them to your teeth. We clean your teeth thoroughly, then remove a small amount of tooth enamel. A bonding agent is used to attach the veneers to your teeth, then we cure the bonding with an ultraviolet light.
Do Veneers Ruin Your Teeth?
It’s a common misconception that veneers ruin your teeth; many of our patients have heard that most of their natural tooth must be removed before placing a veneer. This isn’t true—Most of the cases there is no enamel removed as new age porcelain veneers are contact lens thin and can be cemented to the teeth without removing any tooth structure and achieving satisfactory results. Only in certain cases i.e bulky or misaligned teeth,a small amount of tooth enamel needs to be taken off. This helps the veneer adhere to your tooth and keeps your veneer from looking bulky.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers can last 15 to 20 years with good oral hygiene and regular dental exams and cleanings. Although the veneers themselves cannot get cavities, the teeth under them are still susceptible to decay, which compromises your veneers. Brush for two minutes twice a day and floss at least once a day.